The easing of international tensions between the U.S. and China would in normal times be the job of international institutions such as the UN and G20. But Trump times are not normal times.
Canada's armed forces continue to participate in actions designed to make it harder for refugees to reach asylum. Could we imagine an unarmed sea force that instead works to help those in distress?
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage.
Trudeau cannot ignore the damage he is doing to the efforts to fight the novel coronavirus in 20 of the world's poorest countries by maintaining sanctions.
Faith communities should focus on promoting inclusion, sharing wisdom, and building robust coalitions and cross-sectorial collaborations that address the inadequacies of the economy.
The grave threat posed by COVID-19 across the American hemisphere, especially to Indigenous peoples, is exacerbated by extractivism.
From the slow anguish of asthma to the fast fury of flood, from Canada to Congo, eco-grief is a centuries-long condition of existence for those without the privilege of proximity to "grievability."
"End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now," United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said on March 23.
It's time for Canada's COVID-19 response plan to include asylum seekers. Nothing should excuse governments from their legal and moral obligations to protect those who are forced to flee their homes.
In this time of crisis, it makes sense for world leaders to act in solidarity with strangers in other lands, and forgive African debts.